Located on the Mediterranean coast, Valencia was established as a Roman colony in about 200 BC. It was later ruled by the Moors from the 8th-13th century and became an important literary and intellectual center in the 15th-16th centuries. Today, it is Spain’s third largest city and a major industrial-commercial center, producing textiles, metal and chemical products, furniture, toys, and azulejos (colored tiles). Valencia is known for its orange groves and beaches.
Bachelor Courses in English
Business, Computer Science, Engineering, Information Technology, Agriculture Science, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, and Construction & Architecture. It is sometimes possible to arrange independent study projects with supervision in English. Students generally enroll in a minimum of 24 ECTS units (12 US credits) – at least 80% of these courses MUST belong to their UPV hosting school/department; therefore, students should not plan to take courses from more than one UPV school/department to guarantee a successful and full course load. For information about courses in English, click here (it is not possible to take courses in Valencia and either Alcoy or Gandia simultaneously). Final class availability is determined at the start of the semester.
Participation is recommended for the entire academic year or spring semester only due to calendar differences. While more courses in English are generally offered during the fall term, arranging final examinations after return to your home campus cannot be guaranteed; please be aware that students have experienced some difficulties making examination arrangements.
UPV generally does not have any language requirements for native English-speaking students enrolling in courses in English, though it is highly recommended to have basic knowledge of Spanish language to manage in daily life (the business school does require at least basic to intermediate fluency). Students interested in enrolling in courses taught in Spanish will be asked to prove they have a B1 level of Spanish before their exchange at UPV or prove to be proficient enough to follow courses in Spanish. Any certificates, transcripts or support letters will be considered. Non-English-speaking students will be asked to prove they have a B2 level of English to be allowed to enroll in courses taught in English.
Architecture students must provide a portfolio upon arrival.
UPV also offers the 15-week European Project Semester (EPS) during the fall semester. Outstanding bachelor-level students who have completed at least four semesters of university work are invited to apply for the program. EPS offers a multidisciplinary approach to project management, innovation, and soft skills. Approximately 25 students from all over the world are selected to participate, with English being the common language of communication. The program also emphasizes multicultural cooperation in team settings.
Master Courses in English
Telecommunications Engineering; Civil Engineering; Geodesy, Cartography & Surveying; Architecture. Students may attend for one or two semesters and can enroll in upper-level bachelor courses, master-level courses, and/or courses and research. For information about courses in English, click here.
UPV does not have any language requirements for native English-speaking students enrolling in courses in English, though it is highly recommended to have basic knowledge of Spanish language to manage in daily life. UPV courses in English are offered also to Spanish and Erasmus students, therefore students should be prepared for a multicultural environment where not only English is used at class. Students interested in enrolling in courses taught in Spanish will be asked to prove they have a B1 level of Spanish before their exchange at UPV or prove to be proficient enough to follow courses in Spanish. Any certificates, transcripts or support letters will be considered. Non-English-speaking students will be asked to prove they have a B2 level of English to be allowed to enroll in courses taught in English.
Several free language courses at varying levels are offered to learn, improve, or refresh your Spanish during the academic year. If you would like to enroll in these courses, you must complete an online examination to assess proficiency; you also must ask to participate and upload any proficiency documents when completing the online application process for UPV after the Magellan placement is confirmed. Regular language courses are taught throughout the academic year, and intensive language courses are taught before each semester. For information on the Intensive Spanish Language Program taught prior to the start of each semester, click here (this special program requires a tuition payment).
UPV’s degrees in Agronomy Engineering, Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Telecommunications Engineering are ABET-accredited.
At the beginning of each term (in September and in February), UPV has orientation sessions about the university and about Valencia. In addition, every School organizes weekly orientation meetings during the first weeks of the semester. If possible, UPV will also assign you a student tutor who will help to prepare you for your stay in Valencia as well as help during your stay. More information is available here.
Please refer to the UPV fact sheet or additional helpful information and details.
Paid off-campus internships can usually be arranged in the areas of computers and finance. Internships require Spanish language fluency. Internships typically require a minimum commitment of 3-6 hours per week for 12 weeks. Academic credit is not granted. It is recommended that you take classes for one semester, and then complete an internship during the second semester. You may inquire about internship opportunities in the International Office; however, placement is not guaranteed, and it is your responsibility to arrange the internship.
Students with Disabilities
UPV is generally able to accommodate a student with a physical disability but has limited capability of accommodating a student with a learning disability. Typical student accommodations as well as shops and services in the community are generally accessible.
Grades & Transcripts
UPV uses the Spanish 0 to 10 grading system as follows:
The minimum passing grade is 5. The Spanish university system allows students to re-take final examinations, called “re-sits.” However, there is no institution-wide policy on re-sits, and this privilege is offered at the discretion of each faculty member. Students are advised to discuss the possibility of re-sits with each professor at the beginning of the semester. Re-sits are normally administered on your home campus after your abroad experience concludes.
Exchange students may access an electronically signed transcript at the end of their program via the UPV online platform. This transcript will include a verification code and an address which home coordinators can use to verify the transcript authenticity. If a university requires an original transcript sent directly to the home coordinator or registrar, students may request one at the end of their exchange period. For additional details on transfer of credits, please refer to the Student Guidebook.
Students must be covered by health insurance.
Approximately 100 EUR per semester.
Students planning to study in Spain for longer than three months MUST obtain a student visa prior to departure. In principle, all student visa applications must be requested and picked up in person at the appropriate regional consulate for your state of permanent residence OR the state where you attend university.
Shared dormitory, shared apartment, or host family. Limited student residence hall space is available on campus and is available with or without meal service; a double room with full board costs about approximately 530 EUR per month. On-campus housing is convenient, safe, and easy to arrange but more expensive than an apartment. There are also many student dormitories, such as Damia Bonet and Ausias March, around the campus. The Vice-Rector of Academic Exchange offers limited assistance with housing options but is not a housing office. You will need to research accommodation possibilities, allow time to visit apartments, and arrange the lease as well as utilities yourself. A shared flat in town is typically 125-200 EUR per month plus utilities. Bed and bath linens are not provided; shared kitchen facilities and laundry are available although you may need to purchase kitchenware. Family stays are also possible for about 325 EUR per month with half board or up to about 450 EUR per month for full board.
If you choose the apartment option, you should arrive several days before classes begin to inspect possible apartments. It is highly recommended that you book an apartment through a provider rather than directly contacting landlords. Providers help students with this search and, most importantly, ensure the legality of the contracts and mediate between students and landlords. Previous participants recommend booking the first week in Valencia at the Nest Youth Hostel or Indigo Youth Hostel while you explore your housing options. To search for accommodation, please visit the UPV Flats Database (in Spanish) and enter your search criteria. You may also choose to contact private companies who arrange accommodation for exchange students.
Typical meal times are: breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., lunch from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and dinner from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Valencia’s airport (VLC) is located six miles northwest of downtown. There is a bus and a metro line from the airport into the city center.
For travel within the city, the metro subway system allows access to all areas; month-long passes are valid on the metro and city bus system. Excellent rail service is available from the central train station; long distance bus service is also readily available.
Sport facilities are available on campus and throughout Valencia. The old Turia riverbed offers tennis courts, hiking/biking trails, basketball, baseball, volleyball, and other athletic activities. The riverbed is also home to several modern facilities devoted to science and culture, giving Valencia its reputation as The City of Arts and Sciences; there are also numerous museums elsewhere in the city. Las Fallas (March 19) is the main festival event in Valencia, celebrated with music, traditional costumes, fireworks, and special foods.
Numerous shopping areas are available as well as a wide variety of bars, restaurants, cinemas, and night clubs. Normal business hours in the city are 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Shopping malls are typically located on the outskirts of town and are open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Valencia enjoys a mild climate with winter temperatures ranging from 40ºF to 50ºF and summer temperatures ranging from 65ºF to 85ºF. Precipitation is fairly evenly distributed over the year, with February and October having the most rain; snow and ice are rare.